Congrats to RPI Hockey (and Union… if I have to)

It can’t be all politics.  So, tonight’s post is all about college hockey.

ECAC hockey regular season play wrapped up tonight.  Congrats to the RPI men’s hockey team!  They finished with a tie for fifth place this season.  Ok, they will actually be in sixth place for playoff seeding purposes.  For the record, RPI is my alma mater.  And as much as it pains me, congrats also to the rival program at Union College.  They finished in third place.

RPI came very close to finishing in fourth place or better.  A win over Colgate this weekend would have given them just that.  Certainly, their season is much better than the dismal preseason predictions.  They only lost by a goal in at least six of their conference losses.  They also had three ties.  They pounded first-place Yale both times they faced them.  RPI has a great shot at making the ECAC finals this year.  First, they have to beat Brown next weekend.

And, yes, I have to admit that Union has been amazing this year.  They came very close to a first place finish, and I believe this is the best they have ever done in conference play.  It’s good to see both Capital District teams doing well.

While I’m at it, special recognition goes out to RPI’s #21 Chase Polacek.  He is in the running for the Hobey Baker, college hockey’s top award.  At times, he has led the NCAA in scoring.  I believe that he will end the regular season with 24 goals and 26 assist:  50 points!  Great job!  I’m pulling for you to win the Hobey.

Let’s Go Red!

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